Fluorescent lighting waste includes spent or used fluorescent (fluoro) tubes and compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs).
They are popular lighting choices because of their energy efficiency, however they contain mercury which is a hazardous material that may cause harm to people and the environment.
It is important to segregate fluorescent lighting waste from general waste stream as they contain resources that can be recycled and reused such as glass, aluminium and other metals. Recycling fluorescent lighting diverts waste and toxic materials from landfill.
Does Veolia collect fluorescent lighting waste?
Veolia’s highly trained and experienced team can safely collect and recycle your fluorescent lighting at our specialist recycling facility.
We can provide specialised containers for your fluorescent lighting waste. These are then collected by our hazardous waste fleet and transported to our recycling facility, where the lamps are separated into aluminum, glass, phosphor powder and mercury components.
The lamps are crushed in an enclosed environment and non-hazardous materials are removed. Aluminium is the main metal recovered and can be resold as a commodity to be reused in other processes. Glass is also recovered and reused.
Phosphor powder is heated and releases the mercury as vapour which can be condensed into metal. The recovered mercury can be reused and the treated phosphor powder can be used to make new fluorescent tubes.
To request a quote or learn more about Veolia’s fluorescent lighting services, please follow the instructions below:
Please submit an online enquiry to our customer service team or call us at 132 955.
In New Zealand
Please submit an online enquiry to our customer service team or call us at 0800 325 542.